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The interview

Right, so there I was in my suit-and-tie, and I had a chat of nearly an hour with the senior recruiter. I was right about my suspicions, they were indeed recruiting for the Ara Hotel that I mentioned earlier. We both walked through my resume, and it turns out that I fit the profile for about 80%. I'm missing some experience and I'm a few years younger than what they're looking for (30-35 ish). However, from the big pile of applications and candidates, the recruitment agency has selected 5 people who'll have a personal meeting with the General Manager of the hotel. I'm one of them, thanks to my education, social/language skills and my working experience at the Grand Hotel. So, next monday I'll be having a chat with one of the Van Der Valk daughters. Yes, from THAT family :) The recruiter was realistic and said that the other candidates fitted the profile better (some with years experience as an actual restaurant manager), but he (and the GM) still wanted to give me a chance. Perhaps at my 'young' age, I'm more 'pliable' than the old farts.

So, I left in better spirits than I arrived, treated myself to some chinese food at The Golden Wok restaurant. Seriously, all my dutch friends, this is a place where you can stuff yourself for 10 Euro's at the lunchbuffet and 17 Euro's at dinner. You pick your ingredients (meat, fish, vegetables), you bring it to a chef who stirfries it while you wait. You pick a sauce to go with it, et voila, your own personal dish! Never been there before so I was pleasantly surprised with the value-for-money ratio. Maybe an idea for our next dinnerdate, guys? ;) They also have a (separate) sushi conveyor belt!

Then, a question for the techies: my lan-connection between my laptop and my PC suddenly doesn't work anymore. Could it be the cable, or something in the settings? I did notice that the cableport on my laptop has a slightly loose part in the encasing, but in my opinion it's too trivial to be of any significance (not anywhere near the contactpoints).

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thaily
Jul. 1st, 2004 09:09 am (UTC)
Ah, the story I could tell you about one of the van der valk nieces..
rob_d
Jul. 1st, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)
Oh yes, please do! The sleazier the better. That way I can blackmail my way into the job *lol*
celtic_man
Jul. 1st, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
You said the magic word.... SUSHI!!!
nefariouscory
Jul. 1st, 2004 11:21 am (UTC)
Hey, I had dinner there on Friday :D And surprisingly, they even had some things I liked... mostly meat. Seriously, I ate nothing but meat and white rice the entire evening... but, y'know, it's good meat.

Anyway, yeah, it's a cool place. :)
hackrabbit
Jul. 1st, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
The Golden Wok! Great place, I've been there about a month and a half ago with my folks. Though I have to say it's not as spiffy as the one in Rotterdam, I do think the Golden Wok has more choice in ingredients.
Seems to be quite popular though, so making reservations is always adviced.

G'luck with the follow-up, hope you land at least a good impression. :) And as for the tech-problem... nothing is ever insignificant when it comes to such things. :P
skunktaur
Jul. 2nd, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh. indeed. the stories that can be told. Most of them from ~own family experience~. You know my aunt worked in one of the Van de Valks? :D

And one thing.. PLEASE try and get one of those dinnerdates in a weekend I can join in on :D
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